Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2016 Dodge Viper Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2016 Dodge Viper

Safety Comparison

The Corvette has standard front seat tall, head-protecting side-impact airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The Viper doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.

Both the Corvette and the Viper have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Viper’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Viper.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 69 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 5 more horsepower (650 vs. 645) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 600) than the Viper’s 8.4 V10.

As tested in Motor Trend the Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the Dodge Viper (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette

Viper

Zero to 60 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.3 sec

11.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Z06 Manual S.C. V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Viper (15 city/22 hwy vs. 12 city/21 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The Viper doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Viper requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Viper (18.5 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Viper:

Corvette

Viper

80 to 0 MPH

174 feet

208 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

118 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Corvette Z06’s 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 25 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Viper ACR’s 30 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The Viper’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Viper doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Corvette has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Viper doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Viper (106.7 inches vs. 98.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Viper.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the Viper GTS pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe goes through AutoWeek’s slalom 5.5 MPH faster than the Viper GTS (53.7 vs. 48.2 MPH).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Viper GTS (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 23.2 seconds @ .91 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Viper’s (37.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Viper (.369 to .544). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the Viper GTS:

Corvette

Viper

At idle

55 dB

62 dB

Full-Throttle

91 dB

91 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Viper.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a larger trunk than the Viper (15 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Viper doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Viper doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Viper doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Viper doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the Corvette allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Viper’s Keyless Enter-N-Go doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The Viper doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Viper’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The Corvette’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Viper doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Viper’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Viper has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Corvette offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Viper.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Viper doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Corvette’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Viper doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $340 to $6375 less than the Viper over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $27811 to $31968 less than for the Dodge Viper.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Corvette

Viper

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette first among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Viper isn’t in the top three.

Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Viper is not ranked.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 18 years. The Viper has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 11 years. The Viper has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The Viper has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The Viper has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Dodge Viper by over 49 to one during the 2015 model year.

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